The Thomson Bulldogs used a strong offense and stingy defense to shut out the Richmond Academy Musketeers 20-0 on homecoming night at The Brickyard.
"Defensively we played lights-out," said Youngblood “I thought we did an excellent job in the kicking game, making two field goals. We found a way to generate points."
Tay Martin scored Thomson's first points on a 1-yard run nearly halfway through the first quarter. Special teams generated THS' next points as Conner Askew booted field goals of 39 yards and 38 yards in the second quarter. Jordan Lane scored Thomson's last TD on a 7-yard run with nearly 5 minutes remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs 368 yards of offense were sparked by 167 yards on 21 carries from former Musketeer Jontavious Curry. Lane was next with 58 yards on 19 rushes, and Ashton Perry had five catches for 39 yards. Defensively, the Dogs held the visitors to 32 yards rushing and 127 yards of total offense. Quinshawn Hearst led the defense with 15 tackles, 11 of those solo.
Quan Rogers had 6 solo tackles amid his 10 tackles. Youngblood said Richmond was athletic and used that to make some things happen.
"They are the defending region champs and they played us tough, the coach said. "We shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers, and we have to do better in your execution and maintaining blocking on offense."
He also said the Dogs had to pick up on blitzes faster.
"Every time we step into any stadium, we have to expect our opponents to play like it's their state championship," Youngblood said, adding he knew the transfer of Curry and close game scores gave warning that Richmond had potential to give the heavily favored and 7th-ranked Bulldogs some problems.
Thomson heads to region opponent Cross Creek Friday night for the Razorback's homecoming game. Cross Creek is 1-5 overall, and 0-2 in the region, with the 19-14 win coming against Glenn Hills. Region losses came against Burke County, 41-8, and 48-0 against Harlem Friday night.
"Cross Creek is working on turning their program around, and they gave some athletes that can run the ball," Youngblood said. "We've got to make sure we do what we know we are capable of doing."